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Obscura - Omnivium Award winner

by Lior "Steinmetal" Stein at 16 March 2011, 6:00 PM

I always liked that pattern of Progressive Metal bands that name their albums with such weird names. However, in behind every awkward title there is a fine story behind. Even if it is rather hard to capture the meaning of an epos, especially behind a cloud of utmost complex rhythms that some of those will probably live you speechless. This is another story made by the German OBSCURA. Trust me when I say it that if you haven't known them by now, do know that their name suited like bees around honey.

With close similarities to DREAM THEATER, DEATH and ATHEIST, this is an class progressive party for any Metalhead that appreciates abnormalities and irregularities. Under their label Relapse Records, OBSCURA released its third album that continues their straight line of intense technical Death Metal that made something quite clear, these guys are wizards, each and every one of them on his instrument. Diversity is everyday life for this nine year old crew as they implement it note after note. Also once again TRIPTIKON's guitarist V.Santura presented his fine production work on this album as everything was in its place, everything was heard with accuracy.

Taking the name of "Omnivium", this album's concept was based on Friedrich Shelling's story of "On Nature's Connection To The Spirit World". So with that spiritual concept, something wicked has to come and shake things around. Trust OBSCURA that the deed came to pass. Besides the elements of Death Metal, the aggressive nature of the riffs, vocals and rhythms, on their articulate features, were outstanding. However there are bands out there that try to do the same, only a few has reached to the same level as this band before you.

Nevertheless OBSCURA, as other progressive bands had their minuses on this release. I have to say that after listening, and enjoying, the first set of tracks,"Septuagint" and "Vortex Omnivium", I was virtually disappointed by the next duo set: "Euclidean Elements"and "Ocean Gateways". I think those two were plainly out of place here and will in a way make the wrong impression about the creation. With OBSCURA's slipups, the sun came burning me on the other tunes, particularly the instrumental mayhem of "A Transcendental Serenade", man that was a true showcase of talent and prowess.

As I said earlier, it would be probably hard to fathom the story behind "Omnivium" because it will be hard to take your ears of the music. It is a very good outcome from this rather young band as they left a taste for more. Don't hesitate for a moment when you will find it in a record store near you.

4 Star Rating

1. Septuagint
2. Vortex Omnivium
3. Ocean Gateways
4. Euclidean Elements
5. Prismal Dawn
6. Celestial Spheres
7. Velocity
8. A Transcendental Serenade
9. Aevum
Steffen Kummerer- Vocals, Guitar
Christian Muenzner - Guitar
Jeroen Paul Thesseling - 6-String Fretless Bass
Hannes Grossmann - Drums
Record Label: Relapse Records


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